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Re: Reefing a lug sail.

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  • Tim
    John, Those photos are beautiful. They could all be postcards! Tim
    Message 1 of 25 , Apr 1, 2010

      Those photos are beautiful. They could all be postcards!


      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, John Weiss <jrweiss98155@...> wrote:
      > A [moderately] balanced lug can be easily reefed...
      > My balanced lug yawl-rig Nord Vinden has 2 slightly different
      > configurations on main and mizzen. The main has a full-length batten
      > that, when reefed, effectively turns the sail into a lateen. The mizzen
      > has no batten, but I have never had the desire or occasion to reef it
      > anyhow.
      > http://www.tsca.net/puget/NordVinden.htm
      > The lazyjacks help support the rig when struck, but the main comes down
      > with the batten pretty much level anyhow. I've reefed (and shaken out
      > the reef) a few times underway, and it's a leisurely event...
      > Rick Bedard wrote:
      > >
      > > For when you return a question or two...
      > > Trying to understand your solution, I guess what I'm asking is how did
      > > you determine how long that tag line to the yard is and where along the
      > > halyard did you spliced it in. Is it slack when the halyard is fully
      > > hoisted? While hoisting/lowering is the yard parallel to the boom or what?
      > >
      > > Thanks,
      > > Rick
      > > --- On *Mon, 2/1/10, eric14850 /<eric14850@...>/* wrote:
      > >
      > > Gaff rigs have to have two halyards to control the yard. The lug
      > > rig does not. I did not want to have the complication of two
      > > halyards. I did much study of the junk, and lug sails, and a bit of
      > > study of the lateen and gaff sails before settling on ROGUE's rig.
      > > Long time ago. Not nearly so clear in mind as then. With Phil's
      > > book 101 Small Boat Rigs I had a lot of fun debating different rig
      > > configurations. Interior spaces had a lot of influence, especially
      > > on my final decision.
      > > Eric
      > > --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com
      > > </mc/compose?to=bolger@yahoogroups.com>, Rick Bedard <sctree@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Thanks for that Eric. I'm pretty sure I'm going with a lug sail
      > > on my current build. I'm even more inclined now that you've solved
      > > the yard end-drop. Have you posted photos anywhere? What design is
      > > Rogue?
      > > >
      > > > Thanks,
      > > > Rick
      > > > --- On Sun, 1/31/10, eric14850 <eric14850@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > An issue with reefing a lug sail is the problem that as soon as
      > > the halyard is slacked the end of the yard comes down first. I
      > > solved this problem by splicing a small line strong enough to
      > > support the end of the yard and the sail below it to the halyard. I
      > > spliced it to the halyard just long enough that it holds the yard
      > > parallel to the boom (I have a balanced lug rig). I built a wide
      > > block to accommodate both lines, but it self distructed and the
      > > normal block I replaced it with has worked fine. This system works
      > > perfectly in all winds up to 35mph (I have not been in stronger
      > > winds but foresee no problems). I can lower the sail enough to tie
      > > in a slab reef while the lazy jacks contain the sail, or I can cast
      > > the halyard loose in a panic. As with a chinese lug rig, I can
      > > lower or raise the sail on any heading. It is not necessary to head
      > > into the wind. The yard and sail comes down nicely into the lazy
      > > jacks. I've never read about this
      > > > adaptation, so I think I can claim it as my own unique
      > > improvement. It's simple and it seems to work well.
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